Daily Archives: May 31, 2015

Colorfly i783 Pro: 7.9-Inch Dual-OS iPad Mini Clone

Via IMP3Net [Google Translate]:

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Specs so far: Intel Baytrail-T Z3735F with peak speed of 1.87GHz, 2GBs RAM, 32GBs internal storage.

It will be introduced at Computex Taipei this week.

Colorfly usually does products with a good build. Let’s see what the eventual reviews — if any — say.

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CBS-TV’s The Briefcase Is Not New

On The Briefcase, Poor Americans Have to ‘Prove’ Themselves

The Hunger Games: New CBS reality show exploits poor families by making them grovel for $101,000

This is what came before it:

Reversal of Fortune (2005 film)

A Homeless Man is Given $100,000 by a Film Director and Blows it All Foolishly

I remember the filmmaker being on Oprah. I remember screaming at someone else who was watching about how the guy was wasting that money. I got, “So what? It’s his money.” The end result was what I foresaw: The guy wound up homeless and penniless again.

I’m sure in this new and highly-exploitive CBS show, there will be Happy Endings — of a sort.

Previously here:

Mega Millions Mania

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The Android Update Runaround

Why an Android addict isn’t excited for Android M

Google first pushes its updated Android software to the members of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), a consortium of more than 80 companies. Each manufacturer will then tweak the code for their respective devices. For example, Samsung must build TouchWiz — its unique skin, which modifies the look and feel and adds various distinguishing features — around each new version of Android. The same goes for HTC (Sense UI), LG, Sony and Motorola.

(For manufacturers that use a totally customized “fork” of Android — such as Xiaomi, Amazon and others — the customization road is an even more extensive process, but not really relevant to this conversation.)

If you have an unlocked (non-carrier specific) phone, that’s the end of the process — you get the update once the manufacturer distributes it. But for most of us (in the US, at least), the phone is bought through a wireless carrier, adding yet another layer of bureaucracy to the software update process.

None of this is anything new.

But I have to reiterate that Sony deserves credit for doing customers right by offering Android 5.x for so many of their older phones. Sony is basically hanging on to the mobile world by their fingernails. Meanwhile, market share behemoths I won’t name — and a new entrant I will name: ZTE — blithely move on to new phones and abandon the older ones. That is no way to impress customers and to engender brand loyalty.

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